Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Morning Psalm: 78:1-39 | Evening Psalm: 78:40-72
Jeremiah 7:21-34 | Romans 4:13-25 | John 7:37-52
“But they were not loyal to him in their hearts...” (Psalm 78.37 REB)
Recently, my husband sold a large machine and hired a man to come and prepare it for shipping. The man inquired if he could drive his van right up to the machine. It seemed like a strange request, but there was plenty of room so the man came and backed his van up to the machine and opened the doors. Inside, on a hospital bed, was his wife who was a paraplegic. As he worked, she watched. He talked and explained what he was doing, stopping to feed her through a tube at lunch. He never takes a job unless he can get near with
Loyalty is an old fashioned word, not common parlance today. It means faithfulness and devotion to a person or cause. The story of the man and his wife is so poignant because we don’t often see such loyalty. The image which often comes to mind today relates this characteristic to a dog. The chances of seeing loyalty displayed in the closest of human relationships is less than 50/50.
Psalm 78 recounts God’s loyalty displayed in His faithfulness and the wonders He has done. His covenant with His people was a sign of this loyalty and in turn, “They were charged to put their trust in God, to hold his great acts always in mind and keep his commandments ...” (7). Their loyalty to Him was predicated upon His promises fulfilled in the saving acts of the Exodus. It was not blind faith but a response to the realities of their deliverance. Yet, their hearts were calloused and their loyalty fleeting.
God’ amazing acts were pointing to a greater miracle: God in human flesh dying to deliver us from the eternal death of sin. God’s incredible loyalty is irrevocably signed to us in this greatest act of love. We can trust Him and be loyal to Him and His cause because God doesn’t just talk about it, He acts.
Lord, there is none like You who has done all, displaying dedication and love for us and in that inviting a response. Forgive us for misplaced loyalties or fleeting, half-hearted dedication to You. May we receive the power You offer through the Holy Spirit to be like You.
The Rev. Kathleen Rankin (MDiv 2006, DMin Student)
Associate Rector for Evangelism and Discipleship
St. Luke’s Ministries
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